Discover the Old West at the Fort Worth Stockyards (and Other Cowboy Attractions)
Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

Discover the Old West at the Fort Worth Stockyards (and Other Cowboy Attractions)

The dream of the American West fires the imagination today, as much as it ever has. Even as a little girl growing up in Argentina, where I spoke little or no English, many an afternoon was spent in a fringed suede cowgirl outfit calling out, “Hi-yo, Silver! Away! Today, four million visitors travel to Fort Worth each…

JFK Tribute – Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Days
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JFK Tribute – Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Days

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~JFK On November 9, 2012, Fort Worth unveiled a tribute to President John F. Kennedy commemorating the city’s place in history as the site of the charismatic president’s last speech. Situated at…

Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and the Olympic Center: Where Miracles Happen
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Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and the Olympic Center: Where Miracles Happen

In the heart of downtown Lake Placid lies the Olympic Center, home to three indoor skating rinks, the outdoor speed skating oval, and the only Olympic Museum in the United States. But to anyone who watched the 1980 Winter Olympics, it’s the place where Miracles happen. No visit to Lake Placid is complete without a…

A September 11 Memorial Story: The Survivor Tree
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A September 11 Memorial Story: The Survivor Tree

The National September 11 Memorial is not an easy place to visit. It is undoubtedly beautiful – well conceived with classic style; but even on a sunny summer’s day the waterfalls and reflecting pools mirror back more than the surrounding construction and newly planted trees. The Memorial has been designed so that two pools, an…

A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House
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A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House

Along with my quest to introduce more positive female role models (sorry Cinderella) we’ve been reading fabulous children’s books about the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  I know at nearly 5, the Bean is too young to fully comprehend how lucky she has it today, but when…

Chills at the Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem Massachusetts
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Chills at the Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem Massachusetts

The Salem Witch Dungeon Museum offers “a unique educational experience with a chill or two” – and they deliver! Salem, Massachusetts is a fun city. Not too big, so walking is the best way to get around. There are interesting shops, quaint inns, great public parks and statues, and historic buildings. You can visit the…

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money
Art Education | Family Travel | Lifelong Learning

Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go right down on the factory floor to get an up-close-and-personal…

Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY
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Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY

Hills of grass rippling with the breeze surrounding a centuries old stone stronghold guarding an international waterway. England? Scotland? Wales? No. Not Ireland, not France, not Spain. Fort Crown Point in New York. Fort Crown Point, 14 miles north of Ticonderoga, has been a militarily strategic point ever since the British and French first started…